Program overview

Rider’s B.A. in English helps students develop marketable skills in language, writing, analysis and critical thinking. Students can focus their studies in the literature track or the writing track. Both concentrations offer substantial grounding in the rich heritage of world literature and in the cultural diversity of contemporary life. Additionally, there is a cinema studies track for undergraduates who wish to concentrate on film analysis.

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Program requirements

The English curriculum will develop your creativity and skills in language, writing, analysis and critical thinking in literature and writing courses.

Three concentrations

Choose to concentrate your studies in either English Literature, Cinema Studies or Writing.

English Literature

Delve into your passion for English literature, and explore literary history and works of the past and present with a minor in English literature. This 18-credit minor integrates literary history with courses and subjects ranging from the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, to poets and novelists of the 1990s to dramatic and fictional works by Shakespeare, Faulkner and Hurston.

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Begin new chapters

English can be a preparation for the many professions and vocations that emphasize imagination, sensitivity, analytical skills and writing abilities. Rider English majors have been hired by such businesses and government organizations as the ICT Group, NFL Films, Bristol Myers-Squibb, International School Services, Anderson Consulting, Hastings Healthcare Group and the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy in Philadelphia.

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John Modica class of 2018
Rider gave me opportunities to strengthen my writing, speaking and leadership skills.
John Modica '18
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English (B.A.)

Terra Walston Joseph

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Department of English

Fine Arts Building

tjoseph [at]


Academic Focus: English

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